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Not Knowing: A Love Letter to SoLow Fest

June 20, 2017

 

She-Fool SoLow 2016                                                                           

 

One of my favorite acting teachers said often throughout my freshmen year,

 

Not knowing is a great place to be.

 

 

SoLow Fest officially began this weekend, and I think it’s THE greatest thing that Philadelphia offers to the theater community. No other festival empowers you to present work that may be unfinished, and imperfect. No other festival draws artists and community alike culminating in supportive, loving audiences.

 

I am reminded again that my voice is important, and I don’t need to wait a moment longer to create.

 

I have learned more about myself as an artist while doing SoLow these past 3 years than any post-graduate experience I have had. I learned how to love the artist that I am. How to respect myself. How to validate and celebrate the creative ideas I have.

 

I am entering into a season of not knowing. I don’t know if any auditions I have coming up will yield anything. I don’t know if the creative projects I am dreaming of will come to fruition. I don’t know if I will be in Philadelphia much longer.

                 

There are many things I want to create this summer, and while I am not certain of anything, I am certainly going to create regardless. Without SoLow, I wouldn’t have the courage to entertain any idea of self-producing.

 

One week from now I will have the privilege of performing with several other clowns in If You Think I’m Going to Wash Two Food Processors. I started rehearsing two days ago. This is just the beginning of a hopefully very productive summer.

 

In the face of rejection, anxiety, and humidity, I am excited to ride the wave of not knowing what happens next.

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